Interviewee: Elleton McCullough Interviewer: Ethan Brooks-Livingston Date: November 15, 2010
Elleton McCullough was born in 1945 and raised in Winston-Salem by her great-aunt and uncle. After graduating from high school, she worked as a hospital custodian in New York and was able to have her own house built by the time she was nineteen. She went to Forsyth Technical Community College to receive training as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and she eventually also obtained a B.S. in nursing and a masterâs degree from UNC-Greensboro.
In the interview, McCullough discusses her childhood and her family background. She describes the healthcare role models she knew as a child, such as a doctor and a public health nurse, who were prominent members of her African-American community. She speaks about her education as a nurse and about the challenges of balancing her work, her marriage, and caring for her three children. McCullough describes her first job as an operating room nurse at Baptist Hospital and her work as a nurse manager. She explains the role that race played in her career. McCullough talks about her experience teaching nursing and her current pursuit of a doctorate.